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RIVERS WILL HAVE FRIENDS ALL WEEK

Earth Day enhancement activities continue until Saturday for the Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers.

The Friends' International Niagara Watershed Clean Up program continues at sites along the Niagara and Buffalo River shorelines. Volunteers not only cover the big rivers but also Cazenovia, Scajaquada, Buffalo, Ellicott, Tonawanda and Cayuga creeks.

"About 700 volunteers signed on so far, and we expect to reach a thousand this year," said Julie O'Neill, executive director. Her organization, which began 15 years ago, started its first international in 2001 and drew about 200 volunteers last year.

"Our projects function as regionalism without government, people working together," O'Neill said, "and the effort is like a Peace Bridge project times 30."

To find out more about this cleanup project and other FBNR programs, call 881-1217; e-mail: info@FBNR.org; or go to: www.FBNR.org.

Hunting, fishing start

Saturday will be a busy day for anglers and hunters.

Spring wild turkey season opens a half-hour before sunrise and continues until noon each day, ending May 31. Pennsylvania's one-bird season starts Saturday and continues until May 29.

Walleye, northern pike, tiger muskellunge and chain pickerel season begins at midnight. Special bass seasons on Lake Erie and selected Finger Lakes also start at midnight Saturday.

Erie anglers can keep one trophy fish a day. That bass must measure at least 15 inches. Finger Lakes bass anglers can catch and release bass starting Saturday in Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Keuka and Seneca lakes.

Hunt the morning, fish afternoons and evenings, buy equipment in between. Too bad they don't sell more time to enjoy these outings.

Youth hunt proposed

The Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed a new big-game youth hunt for New York State hunters ages 16 and 17.

This hunt, for one deer of either sex and for one bear, would be held Nov. 13 and 14 in the Southern Zone (excluding Wildlife Management Unit 1C). Each youth hunter must be accompanied by an adult over age 21 with a big-game license.

Sporting clubs and organizations generally support this proposal, with some opposition from archers. DEC official Russ Biss said this hunt option is open for comments. For more details, go to the Web site: www.dec.state.ny.us and scroll to proposals in "Marine, Fish and Wildlife," or call a regional DEC office.

e-mail: wille@pce.net

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